Ukraine’s Foreign Minister: the authorities are ready to form a coalition government
The authorities have fulfilled almost all demands of the protesters, but “it seems that the opposition does not want to take on their part of responsibility,” said Ukraine’s Foreign Minister in the CNN interview, RIA Novosti reports.
“President Yanukovych was legitimately elected in 2010. I think that putting to the first place the issue of early Presidential elections would not fit reality. We are ready to discuss the overall structure of the government and constitutional reform,” the Minister said. The chief diplomat added that the authorities have fulfilled almost all demands of the protesters, but “it seems that the opposition does not want to take on their part of responsibility.”
The Minister pointed out the increasing number of extremist groups in the country. “Over the past three weeks, the police actually behaved calmly, not responding to heavy actions of radical groups, which are aplenty now in Kiev,” he said, stressing that the police received strict instructions not to use the “means of attack” against protesters.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister also said that Russia is an important economic and strategic partner of the country, but has no “direct influence” on Kiev. According to him, Ukraine shouldn’t be used “as a playing card in the geopolitical games of East and West." Kozhara added, "Ukrainian people have the right to choose their own destiny.”